Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gladewater and a Turkey Sandwich

A few weeks ago my friend and I went to Gladewater, Texas for her Birthday. We went to shop and have a nice lunch. It was a great afternoon. Lots of nostalgic items to see and very friendly shop owners. Gladewater boasts that they are the antique capital of east Texas. The city has done an amazing job of making the shopping experience great. The sidewalks are well maintained and wheelchair accessible.  All the shops were in great shape too. I never once worried if a building was safe to enter (you know sometimes that is a concern in an "antique mall"). There was one shop though? I am laughing, it was the best looking building on the block. But inside there were lots of life sized decorative items. Things like a suit of armor, a butler, and a King Tut like sarcophagus. That place made me a little jumpy. I felt watched! Ha Ha! We had a lot of fun. Definitely a nice city to visit.

When we stopped for lunch. We decided on the Roundup Cafe. It is a cute little cafe that has great baked goods. In fact they come to the table with a little plate of mini muffins while you place your order. We both ordered soup and sandwich. The soup was broccoli and cheese. It was nice, thick and very creamy. The sandwich was turkey with avocado, tomato and cream cheese. I had mine on wheat bread and my friend had hers on a croissant. I really enjoyed this combination. They served bread and butter pickle slices to add to the sandwich. When you add the pickles it reminded me of jalapeno cream cheese. I couldn't wait to go home and try to re-create the sandwich with candied jalapenos. We didn't miss out on dessert. One of the regulars recommended we share a piece of Hawaiian Wedding Cake. So we did of course. It was so good. It taste like pineapple fluff on a moist yellow cake. So good! I am going to try to make that at home next.

Here is my version of the Roundup Cafe sandwich:

Gladewater Turkey Sandwich
Serves 2


4 slices multi-grain bread (I used 12 grain)
2 oz light cream cheese, softened
6 slices smoked turkey
4 tomato slices
1 avocado, sliced
kosher salt, to taste
8 candied jalapeno slices (or bread and butter pickles)


Spread each slice of bread with cream cheese, being carefully not to tare the bread. Layer two pieces of bread with turkey, tomato and avocado. Season tomato and avocado with salt. Add jalapeno slices and remaining slices of bread. Slice sandwiches in half and serve.

For more antique shopping and lunch ideas:

Check out this previous post about 
Cornbread Sandwiches and Jefferson, Texas.

Linking to:
Ms. enPlace: See Ya in the Gumbo
This Gal Cooks: Marvelous Mondays
The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen: Show Me Your Plaid Mondays
Anyonita's Nibbles: Tasty Tuesdays
Miz Helen's Country Cottage: Full Plate Thursday
Carole's Chatter: Food on Fridays - Sandwiches


  1. Sounds like a nice day! I really dig cream cheese and would love it on a sandwich. Cream cheese paired with avocado would make for a fabulously creamy sandwich. Another delicious restaurant recreation, Denise! Thank you for linking!

  2. That sandwich looks terrific! I want one right now. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays. Your sandwich looks yummy. I love turkey and avocado. Thanks for sharing.

  4. We just love trips to Gladewater and this is an awesome sandwich! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope your weekend was great!
    Miz Helen

  5. I go there ALL the time!!! We must live closeby!!

    1. Hi! Jmac or fellow Louisiana girl, I am in Shreveport. So glad you found me. I hope you will stop by often. I will be following your travels on Constant Chatter of the Crazy Cruisin' Chick. Have a great day!


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